We scour garage sales and flea markets in hopes of the Next Great Find. Most of us never land anything worthy of a major auction but the occasional gem and the thrill of the hunt keep us searching.
Those who do it for a living sometimes run across something really special. In Los Angeles earlier this year, one such woman paid $1 for a scrapbook filled with letters received by an Elks Lodge leader many years ago. She assumed the signatures were just boiler plate stamped copies. That wasn’t quite accurate.
Inside the book was a letter signed by Babe Ruth in 1942 during the filming of the movie Pride of the Yankees. The woman contacted Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions who was putting together Ruth memorabilia for the auction that coincides with The Babe’s big league debut 100 years ago this season. Bidding is at $4,750 but expect it to go much higher before the sale closes July 12.
In the letter on Samuel Goldwyn Studios letterhead, Ruth expresses appreciation for fans who recall great moments in his career. It’s likely one of many that were typed on his behalf but the signature is the real deal. It remains pasted to the scrapbook page where it has existed for more than 72 years.
It’s inspiration for collectors who keep looking for that one ‘wow’ piece, sitting cheap and undiscovered somewhere and via this story on Forbes.com, you can read more about the letter and get some tips on your own great treasure hunt.